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ANSI Shows Students How "Standards Are Everywhere" during Interactive 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival

ANSI collaborates with partner organizations to foster standards knowledge in STEM education efforts


The recent American National Standards Institute (ANSI) exhibit at the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival on April 6-8, in Washington, DC, invited student participants to get a glimpse of how "Standards Are Everywhere," and demonstrated how standards work to support nearly everything kids take part in and rely on every day, from the school cafeteria to the neighborhood playground.

ANSI is a third-time participant in the USA Science & Engineering Festival, a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. The Institute contributes to such educational efforts to foster the next generation of professionals, as standards are closely tied to STEM careers.

Did You Know?

- Girls who participate in STEM clubs and activities outside of school are more likely to say they will pursue STEM subjects later in their education. —Closing the STEM Gap (Microsoft, 2018)

- Employment in occupations within STEM jobs is projected to grow 14 percent from 2010-2020 — U.S. Department of Education

- Ninety-three out of 100 STEM occupations had wages above the national average. — STEM Occupations, Past, Present, And Future (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017)

The "Standards Are Everywhere" showcase was extremely popular with attendees of all ages, and featured interactive games and challenges designed to help students get a sense of how standards impact specific aspects of their world, with hands-on examples related to school and sports equipment, local services and businesses, and other aspects of everyday life. Giveaway items including custom notebooks, stickers, crayons and coloring sheets, and hats were distributed to thousands of visitors to spread the word about ANSI and the standards system, well beyond the convention hall.

ANSI, in collaboration with ten partnering organizations, also organized an expedition activity called the "U.S. Standardization System Passport" challenge, providing kids with a paper "passport" and an incentive to visit and collect stamps from each of the 11 organizations' festival booths. A highly successful outcome, more than 300 kids successfully visited all 11 exhibits and returned the filled passports to redeem a $10 Target gift card.

The public- and private-sector organizations that partnered with ANSI in the passport activity were:

- American Institute of Architects (AIA)

- AIA Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)

- American Petroleum Institute (API)

- Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)

- Lockheed Martin

- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

- National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)

- National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)

- Peta2: The World's Largest Youth Animal Rights Organization

- U.S. Department of State

ANSI developed its festival theme through the support of its Committee on Education (CoE), and relied upon the collaborative help of staff from across the Institute to engage the thousands of students, teachers, and parents who came through the exhibit and got an introduction to the world of standards.

Access the fun learning materials created for the USA Science & Engineering Festival and other free educational resources via ANSI’s K-12 student page at


ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel